The Waimauku Lions Club with D. G. Deidre (in white shirt) (photo by Chris Brittenden)
The wonderful Clock by night
Waimauku Lions Centennial Clock
Saturday 7th November 2015 saw the culmination of about 7 years hard work and negotiations, with the unveiling of the Waimauku Lions Centennial Clock. This magnificent timepiece welcomes everyone to Waimauku on S.H.16 and will be lit up at night to look even more spectacular. District “K” Governor Deidre Bridge performed the unveiling at midday and the Clock was switched on. The Clock itself was only installed at 6am that morning just prior to the unveiling.
The Waimauku Lions have taken a locality that was a wasteland/rubbish patch and converted it into an area for locals to be very proud of with a picnic area, pathway, and extensive planting. At least 1,000 plants were set out in place to enhance the area, with all members of the Waimauku Lions Club working together to complete the task on time.
The Club was chartered over 30 years ago with the Clock being planned as a legacy for the Waimauku community and to celebrate our Lions Centennial in 2017. Hundreds of man/woman hours have been spent on the task with a project value of $100,000.00, (with a lot of that being paper work, council permits etc). The night of the unveiling saw a large number of locals at the clock, all lit up, with a sense of pride that Waimauku has been firmly put on the map.
President Harry Hilditch and his hard working Club members are to be congratulated for the magnificent effort put into this Centennial Clock which hopefully will still be ticking for another 100 years. As the Centennial Co-ordinator for the District, I was proud to be invited to share in this historic occasion with this being the first Centennial Legacy Project for our District “K”.